Snowmobiling – Frequently asked questions

Is the permit tied to a certain snowmobile and does the permit application require the snowmobile's registration document? 

The track permit is personal. The application requires the following information: name, address and post code. Any snowmobile you use must have valid vehicle insurance and it must be registered. You have to keep the registration document with you when driving. 

Where can I drive with the track permit? 

The track permit grants its holder the right to drive a snowmobile on marked snowmobile tracks within areas controlled by Metsähallitus and the Finnish Forest Research Institute in all of Finland during the snow-covered period. 

Do I need a driver's licence to drive a snowmobile? 

Traffic on snowmobile routes is subject to the Road Traffic Act. A snowmobile driver on these routes must be at least 15 years of age and have a T-class driver's licence. The age limit also applies to driving a snowmobile in terrain, outside of the routes. 

Can I drive on roads? 

A snowmobile is an off-road vehicle and it is intended for driving in terrain; as a rule, driving a snowmobile on roads is prohibited. Driving is also prohibited on roads that have not been plowed and cleared of snow. 

However, a snowmobile may be temporarily driven on roads in the event that moving in the terrain is unduly difficult. When doing so, the driver must drive cautiously and attempt to use the part of the road that is not plowed. When driving a snowmobile on roads, the speed limit is 40 km/h and if the snowmobile is connected to a sled, for example, the sled cannot have passengers on-board. 

Can I deviate from the track? 

Deviating from the track without a separate permit is only allowed on ice-covered water areas. 

What is the highest speed limit for a snowmobile? 

The highest speed limit for snowmobiles in terrain and on routes is 60 km/h. On ice-covered water areas the speed limit is 80 km/h. If you are pulling a sled with people on-board, the speed limit is 40 km/h. 

Is the use of a helmet mandatory? 

A crash helmet must be worn both in terrain and on the snowmobile routes. This also applies to passengers under 15 years of age. The driver of the snowmobile is responsible for ensuring that underage passengers wear a helmet. 

I've heard that the track permit is not required in some municipalities of Lapland. Is this true? 

For information on this, see the permit terms.

What is a "family permit"? 

You may purchase a family permit if you have more than one snowmobiling family member over 15 years of age in your household. The personal season track permit also already acts as a family permit. The names of the family members who drive a snowmobile are listed on the permit. 

What does it mean when in certain areas you can only drive in the company of a local resident? 

It is possible to get an extension on the track permit from the Metsähallitus service point in Upper Lapland to allow a snowmobile driver to deviate from the marked track when guided by a local resident during a limited period of time. 

Which permit grants me the right to drive in wilderness areas? 

The track permit grants the right to drive on the marked tracks in wilderness areas. It is possible to get an extension on the track permit from the Metsähallitus service point in Upper Lapland to allow traversing to a property situated outside of a marked snowmobile track and to drive to a pre-determined location in the company of a local resident. 

Can I deviate from a marked snowmobile route to drive to a cabin I own or that I have rented? What kind of permit do I need and where can I get one? 

If the property has a registered easement, it can be driven to without a separate permit. In the event that there is no easement, the real estate holder needs permission from the landowner. 

Where can I get track charts? 

You can find charts for snowmobile tracks controlled by Metsähallitus from the Track charts page.